Video: What Donald Trump could mean for the legal profession

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Top lawyers and constitutional law experts discuss the changing political mood

The new era of President Donald Trump and Brexit is set to keep lawyers rather busy over the next few years.

The was the wider message from a panel of top lawyers and constitutional experts who gathered at the London headquarters of BARBRI International last week just hours before Trump was elected as the next president of the United States.


The speakers represented the various different branches of the legal profession. From right to left in the full video of the session above, they are: Mayer Brown restructuring lawyer Jessica Walker; City, University of London public law specialist Dr John Stanton; LSE professor Jeffrey Golden, who founded Allen & Overy’s London practice; top legal aid lawyer and former Law Society president Lucy Scott-Moncrieff; and Robert Cooney, a junior US-qualified lawyer currently on secondment to a City of London insurance company. Legal Cheek publisher Alex Aldridge chaired the session.

Also on the agenda was the topic of international trade, an area that is currently shrouded in uncertainty as the world waits to find how true to his pro-protection pre-election policy announcements that Trump will prove.

With lawyers traditionally the go-to people for businesses concerned with risk, there was optimism about the opportunities that this environment may throw up.

After the session the 100 student attendees chatted with the speakers over drinks and canapés, kindly provided by hosts BARBRI, which prepares UK law graduates and lawyers to sit the New York Bar Exam.

Lucy Scott-Moncrieff chats to Legal Cheek readers

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